Japan's Abe says United Nations resolution must force change in North Korea

Japan's Abe says United Nations resolution must force change in North Korea

Japan's Abe says United Nations resolution must force change in North Korea

It's worth pointing out that North Korea could already hit South Korea and Japan with a nuclear weapon. "If we respond to the situation with an attitude that we will counter a nuclear-armed North with a nuclear-armed South, peace can not be maintained between the two Koreas", Moon said.

She added that the images from the North's nuclear test in 2016 did not show substantial change on the mountain's surface. Leader Kim Jong Un had also threatened to launch missiles over Japan into the Pacific and toward the US territory of Guam. A ban was also placed on its textile exports - its largest export after coal and other minerals.

In 2006, the Six Party Talks faltered, and North Korea conducted several ballistic missile launches. Original estimates had put its yield in the 100 kiloton range, but updated seismic data analysed by experts this week put it closer to a whopping 250 kilotons, or almost 17 times more powerful than the bomb that flattened Hiroshima.

The satellite images are "additional proof that the September 2017 explosion was much larger than ever before at this site", Melissa Hanham, a researcher at the Center for Nonproliferation, was quoted as saying by the Post.

The report did not offer details, but said that Choe Kang-il, deputy Director General for North American affairs at the North Korean Foreign Ministry, and Evans Revere, a former senior official at the State Department, had raised North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear tests. "If they used a tunnel with less overburden, they might have blown the top off the mountain".

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has dismissed the possibility of deploying nuclear weapons in his country, warning it could "lead to a nuclear arms race in northeast Asia".

A recent Gallup Korea poll found 60% of respondents were in favor of South Korea having its own nuclear weapons, with 35% opposed.

South Korea and the United States have yet to respond directly to North Korea's latest threat.

North Korea condemned Tuesday the latest round of UN sanctions against the country and warned the United States of "forthcoming measures" by the hands of the secretive state.

Treasury Secretary Steve Munchin suggested on Wednesday that the USA is willing to cut off trade "with anyone who trades with North Korea".

The most recent satellite images of North Korea's nuclear site taken Friday show a greater number of surface disturbances following Pyongyang's sixth nuclear test than previous tests at Punggye-ri, USA analysts say.

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